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July 31, 2014

Test Drive: Cummins-Eaton Powertrain Smooth as Silk

Cummins and Eaton may have finally nailed it with their SmartAdvantage Powertrain combo, reports Equipment Editor Jim Park in July's Test Drive. The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers fuel and weight saving, as well as a very, very good driving experience.

July 16, 2014

2015 Diesel Pickups Show Power, Comfort at Ford Drive Event

Ford feels it has bragging rights and showed why at a ride-and-drive event for trade-press reporters this week in West Virginia. A first-person report from Senior Editor Tom Berg.

June 26, 2014

Taking the Volvo VNX Heavy-Haul Tractor Out for a Spin

Combine the frame from the vocational VHD with the comfort of the VN highway tractor and you have something strong for long hauls.

June 3, 2014

Photos: Volvo VNX Heavy Haul Tractor

Introduced last year, Volvo’s VNX heavy haul tractor combines the frame and high stance of the vocational VHD with the highway comfort of the VNL. The cab is outfitted like a VN, so drivers are well housed for runs longer than what the VHD might be dispatched on.

The VNX is rated at up to 200,000 pounds GCW, but the one recently driven by Senior Editor Tom Berg was capped at 125,000 because of its transmission, the I-Shift automated mechanical, with which application engineers are being careful in approving.

The full road test article will appear in the June issue of Heavy Duty Trucking and will be posted on TruckingInfo.com shortly after.

May 13, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Driving the Cascadia 113 With Natural Gas

In this three-parter, you'll get both a walk-around and a test drive of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 powered by a compressed natural gas Cummins-Westport ISX12 G with 400 horsepower.

May 9, 2014

Test Drive: Clarke-APG Dual-Fuel Glider

From the ground and behind the wheel, you’d think this Freightliner Columbia is brand new. This was obvious on a run out on Interstate 70 in eastern Missouri, pulling a hopper-bottom trailer with a heavy load of granulated lime destined for an animal-food plant in Montgomery City, west of St. Louis. It rode, shifted and ran like new, and was just as comfortable.

April 28, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Cascadia 113 With Natural Gas

Freightliner has packaged a Cummins-Westport ISX12 G nicely into a Cascadia 113, mated it to an Allison 3000 automatic transmission, and supplied enough on-board compressed natural gas to run up to 600 miles on a single slow-fill. Before we took it for a drive, we got some answers to common questions about CNG.

April 11, 2014

Test Drive: Optimized Lightweight VNL

Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.

April 11, 2014

Test Drive Photos: Optimized Lightweight VNL

HDT Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.

March 3, 2014

Test Drive: Detroit’s Smooth Self-Shifter

“Proprietary” is a magic word among truck builders. It describes components of the company’s own manufacture or design that are installed on the company’s own trucks. For truck users, this can be a good thing, because they’re designed to work specifically with a company’s other components.

March 3, 2014

Test Drive Photos: Detroit’s Smooth Self-Shifter

HDT's Editor Tom Berg recently took a Freightliner Cascadia Evolution equipped with a Detroit DD13 diesel and smooth DT12 automated mechanical transmission out for a spin. Check out the photos, and click here for a link to read about the test drive.

February 26, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Find Out What's Revolutionary About the Mack Twin Y Suspension

Get a close-up look at how Mack's "revolutionary new tandem drive axle suspension," the Twin Y, as Equipment Editor Jim Park takes a Twin Y-equipped Mack Pinnacle through its paces at the now-retired Mack Allentown Proving Grounds in this Ultimate test Drive video.

February 13, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Mack Pinnacle's Fuel-Saving Powertrain

In this three-part video test drive of a 2013 Mack Pinnacle, Equipment Editor Jim Park rides with Dave McKenna, Mack's director of powertrain sales. He explores the mDrive automated manual transmission and the Mack SuperEconodyne fuel-saving powertrain package.

January 29, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Up Close and Personal with Kenworth's T680

Join Equipment Editor Jim Park behind the wheel of a brand-new Kenworth T680 as he puts the truck's Cummins ISX and Eaton UltraShift Plus through their paces on the mountains and valleys of Interstate 82 in Washington state.

January 15, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Volvo VN780 – Man vs. Machine in the I-Shift Challenge

It's man vs. machine when Equipment Editor Jim Park pits his shifting abilities against that of Volvo's I-Shift transmission in part one of this two-part Ulitimate Test Drive video. Then watch as Park experiences Volvo's XE13 fuel-saving drivetrain on the rolling highways between Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C.

January 8, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Mack mRide Suspension

When people say something is "built like a Mack truck," they aren't just whistling Dixie. Equipment Editor Jim Park says the latest proof that Mack is still on top of its suspension game is the new mRide vocational suspension. In this Ultimate Test Drive Video, he evaluates the new suspension on a Granite dump truck.

January 3, 2014

Test Drive: Peterbilt 567- Driver’s Delight

Does a bigger cab merit a larger model number for a truck? It does with Peterbilt’s 567, the builder’s latest vocational truck, which will eventually replace the current 367.

January 3, 2014

Test Drive Photos: Peterbilt 567- Driver’s Delight

Senior Editor Tom Berg recently took the Peterbilt 567 out for a Test Drive. A bigger cab and chassis improvements place this new vocational truck above the current Model 367. Here are photos from his evaluation. Read the full article here.

January 2, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Twin Stick to mDrive

In this special two-part "twin sticks" edition of our Ultimate Test Drive videos, Equipment Editor Jim Park visits Mack's test track in Allentown, Pa., to experience first-hand 50 years of advancements in transmission technology.

October 10, 2013

Test Drive: Single-Rear-Axle Granite MHD

Is this single-rear-axle truck the type of medium-heavy-duty model that Mack should have brought out first? I asked that question two years ago when I saw the initial offering, the tandem-axle Granite MHD. I figured other than the tandem, it was just right for municipal fleets and others who don’t need high carrying capacity.

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